Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Hello friends...

Hello happy friends....

So sorry for being away for a little time, more than I had actually expected.....I am here now!! Yipppeeee!!

I have a lot to tell you.....

Where do I start?

My most exciting news! 

I went to an open day, where your wondering!? At my local college than runs university courses. The photo at the top was taken there!! I have applied to do a BA textile design...I am hoping to specialise in needlework! Eeeeek!!! I am really excited about it, it's a HUGE step for me.  I  think after being housebound and bedbound for over 16 months not that long ago, applying to do a degree full time is a HUGE step!! I decided that 2017 is going to be a new fresh start for me...to help myself and do things I want to do!! I applied and my application was accepted!! I was in shock!! I looked on the UCAS website and I now have an interview!! It's on the 6 th February!!
 Eeeeeeeek!! I am so excited! I want this so much, if I am accepted it's literally going to change my life! I am trying not to be too excited as I still have the interview to get through... Fingers crossed.

I am going to the pool swimming and on our most recent visit look what happened!! 

It started to snow!! It was crazy weather.... Kevin was like a little child in a sweet shop touching the snow and making loads of cooing and awe look at it noises!! She's from Portugal and never actually seen snow! A nice treat! But when we came out after our swim the snow had gone! 

Have a funny photo to show you..... After swim shower hair...

Awesome I know!! Ha ha 

Talking of hair, over a week ago I went to the salon in our local college to be experimented on! I think it's great as the students get to try their new skills on actual people! 
Yes, this is me laughing just before! I decided on a total revamp! I was starting to feel old and omg! I don't feel old so they restyled me! 

The before photos....ewe!

Then the process....

The colour was brilliant....

As the recolouring process took a long time I went back today and had the restyle cut! 

I love the new style...

So much easier to manage and I feel so much better about myself.

I wanted to show you all what I have been eating, see I am still losing weight! Still not eating dairy, soya, eggs, meat and fish... My portions are still small and often, I am coping eating like this.

This is delicious....sesame bagel with houmous and sliced tomatoes...

Slow cooked parsnips, carrot and sweet potato...mmmm

This was a delicious soup I made, vegetables with pulses....

This was the raw veg before I slow cooked them...

This is how it turned out! Does not look much but tasted really good...

Yes, salad! Like this a lot! 

Baked beans with chips....I don't have this as often now...

I strangely Luke eating this on an evening! Yum!

Roast parsnips and carrots...mmmm

Ha ha bet your all sick of my photos!

Wanted to show you all what I have been stitching, but can't!! Ha ha soon!!

So as a little break I stitched up something.....

I decided to draw something then added some water colour to it.... Just a little simple design...

Then I turned it into this....

Yes!! I stitched it free hand with some of that wonderful Anchor tapestry wool I bought recently! I am thrilled with the way it turned out.

I have done some other sewing.... As you all know I am a member of Kathy Schmitz one stitch club when she releases one design a month for us to stitch.  This months design is adorable...

I made it into a thread jar cover! I added the word threads too...

I backed it too, so if you look into the jar all my stitching is covered up. I really enjoyed stitching this and now I cannot wait for the next design to come out!! 

Hope you enjoyed my photos and my little update... Until I next pop in....keep smiling :) 


  1. Fingers crossed for your university interview; how exciting! Your veggie dishes look delicious, and your stitching finishes are so creative. Kudos to you!

  2. How exciting that have enrolled in textile designing. Nice hair cut. I like all your dishes specially bcoz I'm a vegetarian.
    That's a lovely design for ORT jar.

  3. Wonderful news , I think you are making a great start to the new year , well done.
    Make this your year , love the new hair cut and the new you.
    Have fun and a Happy week hugs.

  4. Love the hair and mega good luck for your interview.
    J x

  5. Your hair looks fab! The bird is lovely and a super cute rabbit too. Your embroidering is so neat. Good luck on the 6th.

  6. Great bunny on the thread jar and your tapestry wool bird is stunning. New haircut looks great. 2017 is going to be a good year for you I think.

  7. Congratulations ! I hope you get through the interview too! I am so happy for you! Great hair by the way!AriadnefromGreece!

  8. Jacquie I am so very, very happy for you my dear. Good for you! You are doing it! I know you are going to do so well in that upcoming interview. I am praying for you.♥ You look great Jacquie! You are working hard at your weight loss. wOw! :D

  9. Loving this post. Upbeat and fun. Food looks great and I love the new hair! Beautiful stitching. I must say that you've inspired me this morning.


  10. Nice to get a new hair style. I hope the interview goes well. All the food looks so good. Your water color of the bird is so pretty. 2017 a year of change, enjoy your new journey

  11. Jaquie: Congratulations on the entry to Collage, I am sure you will love it, so much to learn about textiles and design, good luck.
    I love veggies and fruit, any shape color or form.
    Nice design I love bunnies, they are so sweet.
    Beautiful hairstyle, good for you, it always makes a woman feel good to go to the hairdresser.


  12. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Well done, you will fly through the interview I am sure!! How exciting! Enjoy and the best of luck!! I would be with Kevin, out playing in the snow!!! Love your bird design, it is very cute! I like the look of the slow cooked veg...what did you put with them? Love roast parsnip and carrot!! Yum!!! Maybe little meals often is how your digestion works the best?? That rabbit is cute and a great place to put it! You are very creative Jacquie!!

  13. ooooolala.........flasho..........looks great.....congrats on the course......goodluck........goodluck with the weight loss and sounds llike you and food are slowly agreeing with each other more...........

  14. 2017 is starting out well for you! You certainly deserve a better year.
    Good luck with the degree application.
    Love the embroidered bird.

  15. Love your new look. And congratulations on getting an interview. I'm positive you will ace it and be on your way to learning new things. I'm glad you are finding things to eat that you enjoy. It makes such a difference.

  16. Congratulations on getting the interview. I am sure you will be accepted. So glad to hear you are feeling good about yourself! Keep up that great positive attitude. You look wonderful!

  17. Great update I'm glad to hear things are going so well!

  18. Good to see you posting. Congrats on being accepted! Great step forward!

  19. Wow! You have been doing absolutely loads! I love all your work for your university interview - fingers crossed for the final project and the university offering you a place! Congratulations on your weight loss also :)


  20. very beautiful and so lovely work :) i like your good idea ,Thanks for the inspiration!



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